A homeowner continues to be questioned by detectives after two suspected burglars were shot at his remote farm.

The man, named by sources as Andy Ferrie, 35, and his wife Tracey, 43, were arrested in the early hours of Sunday after they were disturbed by the break-in at their isolated farm home in the Welby area of Leicestershire, near Melton Mowbray.

It is understood Mr Ferrie grabbed a legally owned shotgun and fired at two of the four intruders before calling police.

Mr Ferrie and his wife, who did not suffer any injuries during the incident, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan, a Government minister, said the householders should not be prosecuted for defending their home.

"If this is a straightforward case of someone using a shotgun to defend themselves against burglars in the dead of night, then I would hope that the police will prosecute the burglars and not my constituents," he said.

"The householder is the victim here and justice should support them and prosecute the burglars."

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Police said that shortly after the force received the call, at about 12.30am, the ambulance service was called to treat a man with shotgun injuries. It is understood that call was made by one of the suspected burglars.

Later, a second man was treated for shotgun injuries after presenting himself at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Their injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

The two men, along with two others, were all arrested at the hospital on suspicion of aggravated burglary. The men, aged 27, 23, 31 and 33, are also still in police custody, police said. No charges have yet been brought against any of the six people who were arrested.